Second-ranked St. Mary's recovered the fourth-quarter magic that eluded it in last Monday's loss to No. 1 McDonogh, turning yesterday's close game at No. 4 Roland Park into a 63-47 rout.
The late surge helped two of the Saints reach career milestones. Emily Lipton became the Saints' all-time scoring leader, and Maria Smear scored her 1,000th point.
Lipton scored a game-high 26 yesterday, boosting her career total to 1,456 and surpassing 1995 graduate Annetta Davis' 1,434. The All-Metro guard also moved up to eighth on the Anne Arundel County scoring list.
Yesterday, Lipton and Smear (11 points) were key in a fourth- quarter spurt that boosted a six-point Saints lead to 19.
The Saints (13-1) scored the first 10 points of the final quarter, with Lipton providing five of the first seven. Smear's three-pointer capped a 15-2 run for a 59-40 lead with 4: 26 left.
In avenging last year's loss to the Reds (13-5), the Saints hit eight straight and shot 80 percent from the floor in the final quarter.
That's more like what the Saints have done all season -- the opposite of Monday's final quarter, when McDonogh ran a tie game into a 10-point lead en route to a 63-54 victory at St. Mary's.
"When we played McDonogh, the fourth quarter is when we lost the game, so we didn't want to do that again," said Saints center Felicia Holloway. "Everybody likes to come out strong in the fourth quarter, and we knew we had to play harder than they did."
The Reds led only at 1-0 and 3-2, but they kept close despite shooting 33 percent to St. Mary's 51 percent and despite being out-rebounded 44-28.
"We just don't finish very well," said Reds coach Scott Buckley. "Even in the first half, we had good looks at the basket and drives for layups and we didn't finish. Combine that with the [nine first-half] turnovers and we're in the hole from the beginning."
The Reds trailed by as many as 10 points in the second quarter and were down 39-31 with 3: 18 left in the third. Less than two minutes later, after Meghan Kelly converted a short jumper, the Reds had a chance to cut the deficit to three, but Kelly rimmed a layup and Holloway grabbed the rebound.
The 6-foot-2 Holloway, who finished with 13 points and 12 rebounds, had a terrific game, countering a solid effort by the Reds' three sophomore inside players, 5-10 Kelsey Twist (six points, nine rebounds), 6-2 Esther Ehrmann (14 points) and 6-0 Lauren Dodrill (nine points, four rebounds).
"Against McDonogh, we didn't use her enough," said Saints coach Harry Dobson. "The last couple days in practice, we've been working on getting her the ball, so it frees up our outside shooters. If we do that for the rest of the year, it'll make us a tougher team."
The Saints got the better of the perimeter matchups yesterday, too, as Smear held Reds All-Metro guard Betsy Gaines to seven points.
No. 9 Archbishop Spalding 44, No. 6 Mercy 43: With visiting Spalding trailing by two with 4.4 seconds left, Lauren Schaech drove the baseline and hit a buzzer-beating three-pointer as the Cavaliers (13-5, 5-1) upset Mercy (13-5, 4-1) in Catholic League action.
Amy Campion led Spalding with 12 points and four assists, and Schaech finished with 10 points and seven rebounds.
Pub Date: 1/18/99